No one can deny the irrepressible force of British jazz music right now, as an abundance of artists are bursting out of London and elsewhere, bringing a once slept-on genre to the masses at festivals and shows.
And our own city of Brighton is getting a piece it over the next few months, with the likes of Joe-Armon Jones, Yussef Dayes, Yazmin Lacey and Ezra Collective passing through our seagull-heavy town. We’re looking to do our best to cover it on the magazine front, but you’d all be wise to get yourself down to shows arranged by the likes of One Inch Badge, Mr Bongo and Patterns.
Next up is Yazmin Lacey, a skyrocketing singer and songwriter who will be bringing her powerful vocals to Patterns on November 15th.
Preview by Cameron Abdullah
Whilst tonight’s show at Patterns is sold out, hopefully, this can serve as your introduction into the sounds of Yazmin Lacey…
After reportedly not setting out to be a singer, we’re certainly glad she ended up being one. Her debut on Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers 1.0 compilation album set Lacey off on a path of critical acclaim and success. Since then she’s released two steamy EPs, as well as being featured on Skinny Pelembe’s latest release and graduating into Brownswood Bubblers Thirteen (Gilles Peterson Presents) amongst the likes of Puma Blue and Wu-Lu.
Creating a sound that is so distinctively your own is no easy task but Lacey seems to have ticked it off the to-do list in a very short amount of time. Lacey’s lyrics speak about having to trust your own instincts or simply needing some time alone to just breathe and focus on yourself. Partner these with her smoky vocals and the subtle grooves of her band and you’re left with a big ol’ picture of deeply relatable scenarios and intimate moments that add a definite punch to the otherwise warm and sunny feel of the music.
The UK is without a doubt at a huge milestone in its musical journey with new and innovative artists popping every day. Yazmin Lacey is right up there with the front-runners.